Falken Tyres secured its best ever finish at the 2014 Nürburgring 24 Hour race with fourth placed overall in its Porsche 997 GT3-R. After starting 19th, drivers Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler, Martin Ragginger and Alex Imperatori drove a clean and consistent race to become the only Porsche to finish in the top 10. With good weather throughout the 24 Hour race, the pace was frenetic and the Falken-shod Porsche 997 GT3-R was able to first climb into the top five after eight hours, moving into fourth an hour and a half before the finish.
“The car worked perfectly,” says driver Wolf Henzler. “Everyone contributed to great teamwork. Even changing the brake discs four hours before the end only cost us a few minutes, a fantastic result, you can’t do better than that.”
“We delivered a top performance for the whole 24 hours,” adds team principal Sven Schnabl, who has ran Falken’s Porsche for the past four years. “We are exhausted but happy. We’d like to congratulate the winning Audi team who won a fair race.”
For Falken, participants at the Nordschleife classic for many years, today’s best ever result was the best reward for its fans that have loyally supported the team so long. “Fourth place is our way of thanking the fans who kept their faith through the good and difficult 24 hour races,” says Falken’s Stefanie Olbertz.
About FALKEN Tyre Europe:
The technology and development of Falken High Performance Tyres and their driving characteristics have for many years been derived from motorsport, most recently its participation in the American Le Mans Series and Nürburgring 24 Hours. Tyre technologies developed on track are often transferred to the road, offering improvements in wet and dry grip, efficiency, feeling and control.
Falken Tyre Europe is a brand of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Japan, with European headquarters near Frankfurt. Falken has aggressively expanded its product range, launching new products in new sectors and niches across Europe. Falken’s current products range from the track-inspired Azenis series including the latest FK453 flagship through to the efficient and innovative ZE914 and the rugged all-terrain WildPeak A/T and cold weather HS449.
Falken tyres are produced to the highest-quality standards – all production facilities are ISO9001: 2000 and ISO / TS 16949:2002 certified. Additionally, all factories have certification under the ISO14001 Environmental Management System.